Football

Cedars draw South Korea, Kuwait in WC qualifers

The Lebanese national football team will be quietly confident of reaching the second round of World Cup 2018 qualification after the Cedars were pitted against South Korea, Kuwait, Myanmar and Laos in Group G in Tuesday’s draw. The revamped qualification process offers the added bonus of Asian Cup 2019 entry, with the eight group winners along with the four best ...

Henderson strikes it lucky as Liverpool edge past Swansea

Jordan Henderson’s fortuitous goal earned Liverpool a 1-0 win at Swansea Monday as they moved within two points of fourth-placed Manchester United ahead of an eagerly anticipated showdown against their bitter rivals. Henderson scored for a third successive Premier League game to make it five successive top-flight victories for Brendan Rodgers’ team as their charge for the Champions League continues ...

Bale gets Madrid back to winning ways

Gareth Bale ended a nine-game goal drought by scoring twice as Real Madrid moved back to within a point of Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a 2-0 win over Levante Sunday. The Welshman silenced his critics as Madrid snapped a three-game winless streak to ensure they go into next weekend’s El Clasico at the Camp Nou on ...

British media slam Mourinho’s ‘Euro Trash’ Chelsea

British newspapers and pundits rounded on Chelsea and manager Jose Mourinho Thursday following their Champions League elimination, branding them “a team who will never really be loved.” Chelsea succumbed to French champions Paris Saint-Germain on away goals following a stormy and ill-tempered 2-2 draw Wednesday in the second leg of their last 16 tie at Stamford Bridge. The home side’s ...

Real Madrid held at home by Villarreal

Real Madrid missed the chance to move four points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga after being held to a 1-1 draw by Villarreal Sunday. Cristiano Ronaldo’s early second-half penalty looked to have Madrid on course for a fourth consecutive win, but Gerard Moreno’s thunderous equalizer 26 minutes from time earned the visitors a deserved point. Champions ...

Berbatov returns to haunt Arsenal

LONDON: AS Monaco gave Arsenal a lesson in patient, counterattacking football to win their Champions League last 16 first leg-match 3-1 in London Wednesday and take a stranglehold on the tie. French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia put the visitors ahead after 38 minutes when he crashed in a long range shot that took a deflection off Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker, leaving ...

Iranian women stand united in protest and hope at Asian Cup

The noise and colour of Iranian fans at this Asian Cup have made watching Team Melli just like back at home in Tehran – except of course for the women It was the unity of the Iranian fans, more than anything else, that shocked Talieh Akbari. Sitting in Stadium Australia in Sydney with her mother for Iran’s second group match ...

Community ambassador program could prove to be the legacy of 2015 Asian Cup

The 2015 Asian Cup could have a legacy far greater than covered benches at football grounds as Football Federation of Australia are in discussions to maintain the community ambassador program that helped make the tournament a success. An ambassador program run by Red Elephant Projects and funded by the 2015 Asian Cup LOC was a major driving force behind the ...

The dancing dozen – 12 wonderful fan moments from the Asian Cup

The Asian Cup featured stars both on and off the field, with passionate, loud, musical, and most importantly, smiling crowds. Here are 12 of the best fan moments that made the event magical: 1. The dancing Kuwaitis Hope is in the air. The first game of the tournament is a sellout between Australia and Kuwait at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. ...

Workers will die building World Cup-related infrastructure, unable to leave Qatar without employer’s permission

The BBC Newsnight team investigating the 1.5 million migrants employed in Qatar on building World Cup 2022 infrastructure were hustled out of the squalid workers’ accommodation outside Doha by angry security men in the time-honoured fashion in December. But not before they had made some disturbing connections between the dreadful conditions workers had to live in and one big British ...

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